An Update On ISIS Activities

November 7, 2018

 

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Daesh Weapons Found in Qayyara (DD Nov 7)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

More food & weapons smugglers arrested in northern Salahuddin. [..]

Large military operation under way to clear Baiji-to-Haditha desert area. [..]

Daesh terrorist cell dismantled in Samarra. [..]

One-week toll in Hawija: 11 PMFs dead from 16 Daesh IEDs.​​ [..]

One week toll in Daquq: IFP kills 15 Daesh terrorists, arrests 4 smugglers. [..]

Tribal PMFs destroy 12 Daesh tunnels south of Shura. [..]

Badoush mass grave holds 30 killed by Daesh, including 2014 election candidates.​​ [..]

 

Syria

News site reports SDF ranks in Deir Ez-Zor weakened by diversion to northern Syria. [..]

Media source says Tal Abyad is first Turkish target east of Euphrates. [..]

Former opposition leader found tortured, dead in Daraa, after arrest by Syrian military. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

New​​ government

Iraqi Prime​​ Minister​​ Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi stated on Wednesday that 5​​ independent​​ ministers​​ have been selected​​ from​​ an​​ online system, by​​ a vote from members of the​​ CoR. [Rudaw]

 

A representative of​​ the​​ Al-Fath coalition reported to​​ Basnews​​ that PM Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi insisted on appointing Falih Al-Fayyad as Minister of Interior despite Sa’irun’s​​ pressure against​​ it. [Basnews]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

An official from the Kurdistan Democratic Party visited​​ Mosul​​ on Wednesday to say that Daesh had returned to​​ Mosul​​ in groups​​ and​​ had already​​ carried out terrorist operations,​​ and​​ that​​ the media​​ is not reporting​​ them.​​ Mosul​​ residents​​ fear​​ that Daesh has become “more dangerous than before” according to the official.​​ [Shafaaq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We’re not sure this criticism applies to Daesh Daily. However, if you read this bombastic statement as a reflection of the ever-present political status issue, you would be correct.

 

The​​ Independent​​ reported on November 1 that Daesh militants desperate to flee the organization and fund their travels have begun to​​ demand​​ thousands of US dollars for the release of Yazidi women, sometimes directly contacting their families.​​ [BaghdadToday]​​ [Independent]

 

A security source stated that​​ the​​ Iraqi-Syrian border​​ is​​ secure and watched by thermal cameras and that Daesh​​ in Syria​​ is about 5 km​​ (3 miles)​​ away from Iraqi​​ units. The Iraqi Army is deployed along the borders but has no orders to enter Syrian territory. The source says the withdrawal of SDF forces from some areas is worrisome. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Foreign ​​ policy

A terrorism tracking observatory based in Egypt reported that 34 terror operations took place last week targeting 13 countries, leaving 226 people killed. The Taliban, Daesh, and Al-Qaeda are planning to revive their activities in the Middle East, Indian peninsula, and Africa. The report said that Iraq is Daesh’s first priority. The states targeted this past week with the most terror operations were, in order from most to least: Afghanistan, India, Iraq and Syria, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria, Libya, and finally Russia, Mali and Egypt. [Baghdadia]

 

Chancellor​​ Angela Merkel invited Iraqi PM Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi to visit Germany. She stated​​ that her​​ country​​ would support Iraq, especially in the fields of economic​​ development​​ and security. [Sumaria]

 

BAGHDAD

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

Daesh said on Wednesday it targeted the house of a tribal PMF member in Tarmiya​​ District north of the city, causing damage. [ICDNNov7]

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Military Intelligence stated that its units operating under the 14th​​ army division found a Daesh ammunition and explosives warehouse in Falluja containing 95 IEDs. The contents of the storehouse were safely destroyed. [Ghad]​​ 

 

East Anbar Ops Command arrested a terrorist and seized 60 mortars, a grenade launcher, two 82mm mortar rounds, 6 IEDs, and 4 grenades among other weapons, in Matari. ​​ [Ghad]

 

Rutba

A military source on Wednesday reported that a prominent Daesh military leader was killed​​ by​​ a US airstrike in Rutba. [BaghdadToday]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that​​ during the last week​​ security units captured 11 persons who were smuggling weapons and food supplies to Daesh members in the Makhoul Mountains area.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said Wednesday that “many” Daesh terrorists have established a base on Makhoul Mountain. Some of the terrorists have just arrived from eastern Syria, and they have large quantities of weapons in addition vehicles and motorcycles. The source said the terrorists also have “continuous” logistical support from surrounding areas.​​ 

Daesh​​ has​​ also deployed terrorists along the rivers reaching out to areas south of Mosul, northern Hawija, and areas in northern Salahuddin.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that Salahuddin Ops Command units found a Daesh hideout and 3 pickup vehicles in an underground tunnel near Ain Sadid village.​​ 

 

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that Salahuddin Ops Command and PMF units killed “many” Daesh terrorists and destroyed several tunnels and hideouts in a large-scale military operation to clear​​ desert​​ areas between Baiji and Haditha. The source said that Jazeera Ops Command units started a similar operation from the Haditha Lake area​​ at the other end of this expanse. ​​ 

 

Samarra

The Center for Security Information announced on Wednesday that Samarra Ops Command and Salahuddin intelligence forces dismantled a “dangerous terror network” consisting of 6 suspects,​​ inside the city. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The Interior Ministry announced on Wednesday that detachments of the IFP arrested a “terrorist” in Samarra who belonged to the so-called “Division of Jalam in the state of Salahuddin.” [Sumaria]​​ [Baghdadia]

 

DIYALA

No reports

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that 11 PMF members were killed and 7 vehicles destroyed in 16 IED explosions during the last week in the Hawija area.​​ 

 

Southwest (Daquq)

The Center for Security Information on Wednesday reported that​​ an​​ IFP detachment arrested a Daesh fighter who had been involved in kidnapping and killing a policeman in Tal Khadija village in Rashad. [IKH]​​ [Sumaria]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that IFP units killed 15 Daesh​​ fighters​​ and captured 4 smugglers in several operations south of Rashad last week.​​ 

 

NINEWA

Mosul​​ city

On Wednesday, the Center for Security Information announced that​​ the​​ Ninewa​​ Police​​ had​​ arrested 2 Daesh members in west Mosul. [Forat]​​ [Ghad]

 

Mosul District

South (Hammam Al-Alil/Shura/Qayara)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that tribal PMF units destroyed 12 Daesh tunnels and found weapons and explosives south of Shura.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that PMF units found large quantities of weapons, ammunition, and explosives,​​ including hundreds of hand grenades, in the house of a Daesh member in the Qayara area.​​ 

 

West (Hamidat/Muhalabiya)

An army source says a joint army and police force found a mass grave of Daesh victims in Badoush, containing over 30 bodies,​​ including candidates​​ in​​ the 2014 elections​​ who were​​ executed by Daesh at the time. [Rudaw]​​ 

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that around 40 Daesh terrorists have returned from the Al-Hawl Camp for refugees and other areas in Hasaka province​​ in Syria​​ and are hiding now​​ in the mountains near Abu Mariya village.​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that Iraqi​​ units, supported by Coalition planes, continued their military operation to clear the desert near Hatra. The source said they​​ advanced 45​​ km​​ (27 miles)​​ in the desert and killed 18 terrorists so far.

 

Baaj

On Wednesday,​​ the​​ Ninewa​​ government​​ announced that 235 families returned to their homes in Baaj. [PressIraq]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

On Wednesday the police directorate​​ in​​ Basra announced that emergency police units arrested a terror suspect​​ wanted in​​ an arrest warrant issued​​ in Baghdad. [Sumaria]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

No reports

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READER COMMENTS​​ 

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REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Political developments

The US Special Envoy​​ for​​ Syria,​​ James Jeffery,​​ stated on Wednesday that the US did not view the​​ Kurdish​​ units in Syria​​ as a terrorist organization like the PKK in southeast Turkey. He stated that the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria is not a terrorist organization.​​ However, the State Department also stated on Tuesday that it​​ was​​ not supporting​​ YPG​​ units​​ and did not view​​ them​​ as a part of the forces countering Daesh. [Basnews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ These statements attempt a deft distinction between the PKK, designated by the US as a terrorist organization, and the SDF. This interpretation is precisely what President Erdogan refuses to recognize. The YPG and the PYD political party it supports are (by general acknowledgement) affiliated with the PKK. Few doubt that PKK members are among the ranks of the YPG. The SDF is set up as a combined Arab and Kurdish force, but its core units have been YPG. By treating the SDF as a plausibly independent force, the US acquired a military partner that would help eliminate Daesh in Syria. Erdogan, however, is not into deft distinctions, and has pursued his personal political interests by treating all political enemies as terrorists.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Anti-Daesh campaign

Al-Khobar​​ news site​​ reported on Wednesday that the “collapse” of the SDF ranks east of the Euphrates coincided with Turkish military preparations in north Syria. The site reported that 130 SDF soldiers who were under the command of the YPG fled their posts​​ after​​ hearing that​​ 3 regiments​​ received​​ orders​​ to reinforce​​ north Syria. A source told the site that the SDF fighters who fled had been following​​ after​​ the​​ 3 regiments, and that military patrols were searching for​​ them.​​ [Eldorar]

 

Northwest

Afrin

On Wednesday,​​ six​​ people died and​​ another​​ was​​ wounded in a land mine explosion on a dirt road in Afrin Province.​​ Two​​ of the victims were local citizens, and the 4 other who died were soldiers with Failaq Al-Rahman. [Basnews]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

On Wednesday, the Turkish army announced that it had​​ neutralized​​ a YPG fighter who shot​​ into​​ Turkey from across the border in Ras Al-Ayn. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Notice that the Turks have had no problem ordering its soldiers to shoot into Syria​​ to​​ kill people in Ras Al-Ayn.

 

Raqqa

North Raqqa​​ (Ayn Eissa,​​ Tal Abyad, etc.)

A media report says​​ Tal Abyad is Turkey’s first target in the east of the Euphrates. ​​ [EnabBaladi]

 

On Wednesday morning, Turkish soldiers killed​​ YPG​​ militia fighters with machine gun​​ fire and wounded others in Hasaka on the Syria-Turkey border near​​ Tal​​ Abyad. [Eldorar]

 

Central and West​​ 

No reports

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

No reports

 

South​​ 

Daraa/Quneitra

On Wednesday morning, residents of Dael, north of Daraa,​​ found the body of a former opposition leader, Ghanim Hamdi Al-Jamous, on the outskirts of the city, with signs of torture. Local media report that​​ he had been arrested by Syrian Air Force Intelligence only hours before.​​ [Qasioun]​​ [EnabBaladi]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia/Yemen

US​​ Ambassador Nathan A. Sales, the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, met with the Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir to discuss cooperating in counterterrorism measures on Wednesday. He had been scheduled to discuss similar topics in Bahrain on Wednesday and Thursday. ​​ [Anadolu]

 

Bahrain

On Monday, the State Department released a report that​​ Ambassador Sales​​ would visit Riyadh, Saudi Arabia November 5-6 and Manama, Bahrain November 7-8 to discuss coordinating to counter Iran’s support of terrorism in the region, and obstructing terrorists from​​ travel.​​ Voice of America​​ reported on Tuesday that Bahraini officials use terrorism accusations​​ mainly as a tool​​ to​​ silence​​ political dissidents.​​ [State] [VoA]

 

North Africa

Egypt

On Wednesday,​​ the ​​ military court in Ismailia issued sentenced​​ 42 people accused of being involved with Daesh in the Sinai:​​ 8​​ received death penalties;​​ 32 received life sentences; 2 received 15-year sentences.​​ 2 were found not guilty. [AhlMisr]​​ [Shafaaq]

 

Daesh said on Wednesday it killed or wounded Egyptian Army members with an IED near​​ the​​ Kharafan security barrier, south of Rafah. Daesh said the army was dredging land in the area. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Wednesday it killed an Egyptian soldier and wounded another with an IED in the isolated area between​​ the​​ Al-Sayyah security barrier and​​ the port of​​ Rafah. [A3maq]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

EUROPE

France

On Wednesday,​​ the French security​​ apparatus arrested​​ 7 people including a young Syrian citizen in the city of Le Mans, according to the​​ BFM​​ TV channel.​​ Investigators believe that the group was planning an attack.​​ [Qasioun]

 

Russia

In a press conference on Wednesday, the Russian Foreign Minister warned that the fight against terrorism is not over and that Al-Qaeda and Daesh may unite their​​ forces,​​ as reported by Russia’s Federal Security Service. [Sumaria] [AMN]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Daesh said on Wednesday it damaged an Afghan Army vehicle with an IED in the​​ Mazrin area in Nazyan​​ District, Nangarhar. [A3maq]

November 6, 2018

 

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Northern Salahuddin (DD Nov 6)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Remaining 8 minister nominees face opposition from Sadrist bloc. [..]

UNAMI, UNHR count 200 mass graves in Iraq.​​ [..]

 

Turkey

Erdogan warns US against joint patrols with YPG. [..]

 

Syria

Coalition conducted 100 air strikes in Syria last week. [..]

Turkish troops target YPG soldiers in Ras Al-Ayn,​​ Qamishli. [..]

Coalition stages 27 airstrikes Monday in Albu Kamal, kills 49 Daesh. [..]

 

Other countries

Jordan:​​ 8,845 Jordanians wanted by Syrian authorities. [..]

United States:​​ Body of​​ North Ogden, Utah Mayor/National Guardsman comes home. [..]

Nigeria:​​ 16 Nigerian soldiers missing after Boko Haram attack.​​ [..]

 ​​ Daesh says it killed 15 African Union soldiers. [..]

Afghanistan:​​ Taliban attack in Farah Province kills 30 Afghan soldiers, kidnaps 20 cops.​​ [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New government

The Sadrist Sa’irun bloc said it will not vote for the remaining 8 ministers in Abd​​ Ul-Mahdi’s cabinet unless all appointees are changed. Ali Mahdi, a member of the bloc, says it was agreed in advance that former officials shall not be nominated again, and that would include Falih Al-Fayyad. Ali Mahdi also conceded that Sa’irun’s impact is exaggerated. It is expected that on Tuesday the Prime Minister will get ​​ the remaining candidates of his government approved, despite the Sa’irun opposition. [BasNews]

 

Emanuel Youkhana , head of the Christian Al-Rafidain bloc, said that the Sa’irun party blocked the approval of the full government cabinet in the voting session, and that other partisan interventions also took place. [Basnews]

 

Sabah Al-Sa’idi, a CoR member for Sa’irun, stated that his bloc demanded that the CoR Speaker form an investigations committee to examine the corruption and extortion allegations against the recently elected Babel Governor. [Sumaria]

 

Reconstruction

A report conducted by the UN Assistance Mission to Iraq and the High Commissioner for Human Rights revealed that there are about 200 mass graves in areas of Iraq previously controlled by Daesh: Kirkuk, Anbar, Salahuddin, and Ninewa, including Mosul. The UN and HCHR refer to the sites as a “legacy of terror.” [Nytimes] [UNiraq] [Anadolu]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Iraqi government’s​​ Al-Qada​​ newspaper reported on Tuesday the experience of a captured Daesh fighter in a battle against the Iraqi security​​ forces in early 2018, which resulted in blowing up a Daesh convoy composed of about 2,000 to 2,500 cars.​​ 

The captured fighter explained that Daesh was fighting Iraqi forces in Falluja and when the battle became intense, reinforcements arrived and it seemed as though they had succeeded in blockading them inside Falluja. The Daesh fighters then received orders to withdraw towards Al-Qa’im. They formed a long convoy of 2,000 to 2,500 cars, led by the Daesh governor of Al-Qa’im. It stopped due​​ to slippery roads. The former fighter explained that the convoy was then attacked by Iraqi Army Air planes.​​ 

The source was inside one of the cars, in the middle of the row. The bombardments took Daesh fighters by surprise, and the middle of the row was bombed.​​ Iraqi airstrikes then hit the front of the row. The bombardment continued until the morning ; it killed 800 fighters. The source was injured and he and whoever else could do so fled from the convoy and stayed in Al-Qa’im until they were able to recover. Then they went to Albu Kamal in Syria. [BaghdadToday]​​ [Sumaria]

 

Foreign ​​ policy

President Barham Salih received the General-Governor of Australia to discuss the deepening of mutual relations. [Sumaria]

 

On Tuesday,​​ PM Abd Ul-Mahdi stated that Iraq was not part of the sanctions against Iran imposed by the US. Specifically, the US has allowed Iraq to continue to import electricity from Iran, hoping to prevent more protests in Basra. However, the sanctions have ended an​​ oil swap deal between Baghdad and Tehran. [Anadolu] [Al-Monitor]

 

BAGHDAD

No reports

 

ANBAR

No reports

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Military Intelligence reported on Tuesday that Salahuddin Ops Command detachments and PMF units found supplies and Afghan military outfits in a​​ Daesh depot in Khanuqa village. [Ghad]​​ 

 

DIYALA

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

Diyala Security announces that Intelligence security detachments killed 3 Daesh leaders in special operations in Himrin Hills on Tuesday. [BaghdadToday]

 

KIRKUK

No reports

 

NINEWA

Mosul District

West​​ (Hamidat/Muhalabiya)

Daesh said it wounded people and destroyed an SUV with an IED in Badoush, on Monday. [ICDnNov6]

Daesh’s​​ A3maq​​ said the SUV belonged to “Iraqi forces.” [A3maq]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

On Tuesday, the PMF reported that it foiled a Daesh attempt to infiltrate Baghdad through Jurf Al-Sakhar in Babel. [Sumaria]

 

KURDISTAN NEWS

No reports

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REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Military & security developments

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stated in a press conference in Ankara that Turkey would not accept joint patrols between the US forces and YPG. He warned that such actions would have dire consequences. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Mr. Erdogan repeatedly seeks to make US Government foreign and defense policy decisions. He is spending so much time on this that perhaps we should be paying him a salary.​​ 

 

President Erdoğan stated before a​​ conference of his Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Ankara that Turkey achieved the best results against terrorism under AKP leadership. He said that Turkey arrested 2,000 Daesh operatives, deported 7,000, and banned 79,000 from entering the country,​​ and killed 761 terrorists since July 2016. [Anadolu]

 

Foreign policy

On Tuesday, the US State Department announced that it was offering​​ rewards for information on the identification or location of 3 leading PKK members: Murat Karayilan (up to $5 million), Cemil Bayik (up to $4 million), and Duran Kalkan (up to $3 million). [Rudaw] [Embassy]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Anti-Daesh campaign

On Tuesday, CENTCOM published a weekly summary of​​ “Operation Roundup,” which began May 1 and intends to defeat Daesh in Iraq and Syria. The report stated that between October 28 and November 3, CJTF-OIR Coalition military forces conducted 100 strikes consisting of 161 engagements “near Hajin.” [CJTF]

 

Foreign policy

Egypt

Syrian MP Tarif Kotrash called on the Syrian Foreign Ministry to ask the charge​​ d’affaires of Egypt to explain the meaning of a statement recently made by Egyptian President Sisi. At a youth conference on Monday in Sharm Al-Sheikh, Sisi stated that the Syrians “destroyed and damaged” their country, and that rebuilding Syria would cost​​ $300 billion. He then asked who would be there to offer such a sum. The Syrian MP said that it was “unfortunate” that a country that has also been affected by terrorism would make such a statement about Syria. [Qasioun]

 

United States

A report from the Pentagon stated that the US and Turkish joint patrols in Manbij eased tensions in the region. It stated that the US priority in Syria is to eliminate Daesh. The other goals are to remove Iran, influence the outcome of the next year of the war, and to stabilize the northeast areas of Syria. [Qasioun]

 

Northwest

Manbij​​ 

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed an SDF “intelligence commander” and destroyed his vehicle with an IED in the Sab’a Bahrat area, in Manbij city. [A3maq]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

The Turkish military on Tuesday targeted YPG positions in Ras Al-Ayn and Qamishli on the Syria side of the border. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh said it shot and killed three Shia in Jarwan village, on Sunday. [ICDNNov6]

 

Daesh said it killed three SDF members, wounded another, and damaged their vehicle with an IED near Anad village, south of Shaddadi, on Monday. [ICDNNov6]

Daesh’s​​ A3maq​​ reported that the attack was on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city & district

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed an SDF member with a silenced gun in Al-Haws village, east of Al-Karama. [ICDNNov6]

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source​​ said on Tuesday that 2 Ahrar Syria members were killed and 6 others wounded in a Daesh attack in the desert near Maarat Al-Numan.​​ 

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Albu Kamal District

The Coalition launched 27 airstrikes on Daesh sites in Hajin, resulting in 49 deaths​​ and destroying Daesh command centers, depots of mortar and artillery shells, tunnels, and a car bomb. [Basnews]

 

The SDF reported that its forces thwarted an attack​​ launched by Daesh against their positions in Hajin, killing “dozens” of Daesh fighters. [Hawar]

 

Daesh issued a video on Monday allegedly showing Coalition phosphorous-filled artillery shells falling on Hajin. [A3maq]

 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

A militia supported by the Iran Revolutionary Guard killed 1 Palestinian militia member in Damascus. [Qasioun]

 

Suwayda

Daesh said on Tuesday its snipers killed 2 Syrian​​ soldiers in the Al-Safa Hills area. [ICDNNov6]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Jordan

Zaman Al-Wasl​​ published a list of 8,845 Jordanian citizens wanted by the Syrian government, and also reported that the Syrian regime arrested a Jordanian citizen a few days ago. It said most of​​ them are members of Islamist movements, including top leaders. [Arabi21]

 

Saudi Arabia/Yemen

Arabi21​​ reported that the UAE is organizing a conference​​ with many anti-Qatar personalities. It mentions a blogger who stated that the UAE is trying to mobilize international opinion against Qatar to ease the pressure on Saudi Arabia following the Jamal Khashoggi case. [Arabi21]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

UNITED STATES

On Tuesday, the body of the Mayor of North Ogden, Utah, killed in Afghanistan while on National Guard duty, returned home for burial. His​​ widow said that it was fitting it returned on election day, as he died fighting for democracy in Afghanistan. [CNN]

 

AFRICA

Nigeria

At least 16​​ Nigerian soldiers are missing following clashes with Boko Haram jihadists in the Lake Chad area, military and militia sources told AFP on Tuesday. The incident began when gunmen in several trucks attacked a military base and a local market in the town of​​ Kukawa late on Monday, briefly forcing troops out of the base. “Our soldiers engaged the terrorists in a fierce battle following the attack,” a military officer told AFP from Maiduguri, the regional capital, which lies about 180 km (110 miles) to the south. “So far, 16 soldiers are missing but search teams are combing the general area to locate them,” said the officer, speaking on condition of anonymity. There were no immediate reports of casualties on either side but a civilian militia group confirmed that​​ 16 soldiers were missing and also said one civilian had been killed in the crossfire. [Vanguard]

 

Daesh said a group of its terrorists killed​​ 15 African Union soldiers and captured Kukawa town, north of Maiduguri, on Monday. It said the terrorists set on fire “many” government buildings, a military barracks, and 2 BMP armored vehicles, and stole weapons and ammunition before “returning safely.”​​ [ICDNNov6]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

A Taliban attack on Farah Province west of Afghanistan left 30 Afghan soldiers killed. The Taliban took 20 other policemen as hostages after capturing the police station. [Anadolu]

November 5, 2018

 

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Iraqi Forces Found a Daesh Hideout on Makhoul Mountain (DD Nov 3)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

CoR members target for removal four ministers they already approved.​​ [..]

New US-Iraq military plan targets Daesh tunnels& other hideouts in four provinces.​​ [..]

Daesh attacks spike in Baghdad after PM praises drop in violence. [..]

Coalition kills 25 Daesh members & a huge tunnel NW of Kirkuk. [..]

CTS arrests 26 members of the major Daesh terrorism cell in Kirkuk. ​​ [..]

Daesh says it killed another mukhtar, in Hawija, and wounded another. [..]

Many Mosul Daesh members fled to Hatra desert, now operate from tunnels. [..]

Babel Governor sees “terrorist motives” behind epidemic of dead fish. [..]

 

Turkey

Turkey alleges Saudis sent “clean-up team” to Istanbul to erase​​ evidence in Khashoggi case.​​ [..]

740 “terrorism” arrestees are mostly alleged supporters of Gulen movement. [..]

 

Syria

Syria sets stiff conditions for accepting new UN Special Envoy to Syria.​​ [..]

State Department itemizes Iran’s financial contributions to Syria, Iraqi PMFs, Houthis,​​ Hamas.​​ [..]

France reportedly arrests 3 top Syrian intel officers for war crimes. [..]

US troops patrol Ras Al-Ayn on Turkish border. [..]

Daesh claims to have killed 50 SDF soldiers in Raqqa IED blast. [..]

Coalition planes targeting Daesh leaders in Albu Kamal. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Iran:​​ US exempts 8 countries from sanctions on Iran oil exports, but also targets Iran’s banking, transportation sectors. [..]

Yemen:​​ UN details disastrous conditions for Yemeni civilians, especially in Hodeida.​​ [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

President Barham Salih​​ announced​​ the appointment of retired career diplomat​​ Luqman Faili,​​ former Ambassador to the US​​ (2013-16),​​ as the​​ official spokesman of the Presidency. [Sumaria]

 

Council of​​ Representatives

The CoR​​ will likely withdraw confidence from​​ 4 ministers of Adel Abd​​ Ul-Mahdi’s​​ cabinet​​ who had been previously​​ approved, due to the​​ emergence of incriminating evidence​​ from investigations into​​ their pasts.​​ 2 were from a Shia bloc​​ within​​ in Al-Fatah, the 2 others​​ from Sunni​​ parties.​​ Reportedly, the investigations​​ raised suspicions against the​​ integrity​​ of the Minister of Transportation Abdullah​​ Loibi, and​​ said​​ that​​ Minister of Communication Na’im Al-Rubi’i​​ may​​ have been involved in​​ de-Baathification.​​ Suspicions of corruption were raised against Minister of Trade Mohammad​​ Hashim​​ Al-‘Ani,​​ and​​ Minister of Youth and Sports​​ Ahmed Al-Obeidi​​ was accused of “terrorism.”​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ It would not be at all surprising if there were political motives behind the accusations. This story may not sort itself out quickly.

 

Foreign ​​ policy

Rudaw​​ reported that the special US representative for Iran, Brian Hook, said that Washington would exempt Iraq from the sanctions it had imposed on Iran. Hook said that Iraq would open an oil pipeline from Kirkuk to Iran to compensate for the lack of Iranian oil in its markets. [Rudaw]

 

See story below under Neighboring Countries, Iran

 

On Monday, in a meeting with the Secretary-General of the UN, the Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammad Ali Al-Hakim called on the world to invest in Iraq. [Rudaw]

 

Former Deputy Prime Minister Saleh Al-Mutlaq revealed on Sunday that an Iranian political figure threatened him after an Iraqi demonstration against the Iranian intervention in Fakka oilfield on the Iran-Iraq border. He said that the Iranian politician told him that Iran “accepts your choice between a political or physical liquidation; and there are witnesses to this statement.” Later, in​​ another meeting at the house of Ayad Allawi in 2010, the same politician told Al-Mutlaq “you gave us demonstrations and now you want us to prevent your liquidation?” Al-Mutlaq explained that the threat occurred with the rescinding of some of the laws of “de-Baathification” in 2010. [Arabi21]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

A security source revealed a US-Iraqi plan to eliminate all underground Daesh hideouts in southwest Kirkuk, Ninewa, Salahuddin,​​ including​​ Tooz. These include caves, tunnels, and other facilities used by Daesh to hide and store weapons.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

A security source reported that there was a “complete plan” to eradicate all underground Daesh facilities with the support of the International Coalition. The source said it was expected that there were about 200 Daesh hideouts underground in the areas of Kirkuk, Ninewa, Salahuddin, and Tooz. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Presumably, the key is the joint nature of the plan. Iraqi troops continue to identify an amazing number of Daesh underground tunnels and other sites. Letting the Coalition blast these away with pinpoint bombing would take less time than destroying them from the ground and​​ would​​ reduce the risk to ground troops.

 

Hashim​​ Al-Musawi, a PMF commander,​​ informed the Iraqi​​ media outlet​​ Maalomah​​ on Monday that​​ PMFs are​​ ready to launch​​ operations against Daesh in Syria. He said​​ such operations are subject to orders of Prime Minister Adel Abd​​ Ul-Mahdi​​ , as​​ the​​ Commander in​​ Chief of​​ the​​ armed forces.​​ On Sunday, the PMF launched several missiles and rockets against Daesh in Al-Baghouz.​​ [Eldorar]

 

Prime Minister Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi visited the Baghdad Operations Command headquarters, and said it played a great role in reducing terror attacks in the capital. The operations room briefed Abd Ul-Mahdi on its security and humanitarian operations. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We noted last week in the context of UNAMI’s monthly violence statistics that Baghdad violence is down, so the credit to the BOC seems well placed. Part of the evidence is the reduced number of violent-incident stories we carry under Baghdad.​​ However, this good trend was interrupted by incidents this past weekend. (See below)

 

BAGHDAD

UNAMI denounced the explosions which occurred in various locations in Baghdad. [PUKMedia]​​ 

 

Northwest​​ (Kadhimiya, etc.)

An IED in Aden​​ Square in Kadhimiya killed​​ two​​ civilians and wounded​​ four​​ others. [Basnews]

Daesh said on Sunday it killed or wounded 10 Shia and damaged several vehicles with an IED set off in a bus station in Kadhimiya. [